Our belief at Stratford United Methodist Church is that outreach begins here. We try to serve and give in a variety of ways, based on the needs around us.
There are many more needs than any of us can imagine, but we hope and pray that our efforts make a difference in the world. We are all ministers who live to serve God and others. We believe that there is a mission opportunity for every member of our church.
Food poverty is around every corner. Our pantry is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Volunteers are always needed to be available to give out bags of groceries. Stella and Ralph Romaine do a wonderful job of keeping the pantry shelves stocked and bagging groceries for those who in need. In addition, we list items the pantry needs in our Church bulletin each Sunday. It’s easy to pick up an additional item when you do your grocery shopping. If you are in need, or know someone who is, or if you would like to help and can offer some time on Monday or Tuesday morning, please let our church secretary, Robin, Stella or Pastor Bob know. (See Contact Us)
Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets
The holiday season is always a difficult time for families in need. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, we provide a meal in a basket to local families without the resources for a holiday meal. We collect items to put in the baskets and monetary donations starting in November
There are many families within our community without the financial resources to provide a joyful holiday for their children. Through the Angel Tree, we provide gifts (up to $25 per gift) for these families. It’s easy to participate – take an angel ornament off our sanctuary tree, buy the gift, and place it under the tree. Look for our tree with ornaments in early December.
Operation Christmas Child
We partner with Samaritan’s Purse in an outreach program that provides the unique opportunity to share Christ with children. Christmas shoeboxes send a simple message: God loves all children of the world. We fill shoeboxes with toys (such as small cars, balls, dolls, and stuffed animals) and school supplies (such as pens, pencils, and crayons). The shoebox is the only present that many of these children will open, so we encourage you to prayerfully consider this ministry. We typically gather approximately 100 shoeboxes for these needy children. More details will be shared in November.
Mary Martz works with the United Methodist Women (UMW) to help meet the needs of impoverished children in Camden at the Neighborhood Center. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the facility and there is a need for volunteers to go to the center to read aloud to young children. There are also needs for school and baby supplies which the UMW donate as an ingathering project.
Our well-stocked thrift shop is open at the same time the pantry is open – on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In addition to clothing, the shop also has miscellaneous household items for sale at a nominal cost. Stella Romaine manages the shop with the help of Sandi Martin. Funds raised through this ministry are channeled into the assistance fund, which directly benefits the needy of our community.